When I first got my hands on the Sparkr—an all-in-one flashlight, lantern, and plasma lighter that uses an electric arc to spark a flame—I thought it was a total gimmick. Yet another wannabe piece of survival gear that no one really needed, since we already have flashlights and liquid fuel–based lighters. But after playing with the thing for a couple weeks, I’m a total believer. Here’s why. Read more about flameless lighter.
To start, I used the Sparkr to ignite everything from kindling to candle wicks to incense. The electric arc is supposed to be windproof, so I tried lighting a paper towel on fire while blowing on the arc from five inches away with as much force as I could muster.
To test how well the Sparkr worked in the rain, I fired up my sprinkler system and tried to start six different paper towel fires … Read More